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Martial Arts & Judo

Discussion in 'Fitness, Health & Nutrition' started by shortangel, May 5, 2020.

  1. shortangel

    shortangel Member

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    does anyone do Martial Arts for fitness & self defense??? if so what style? this is one of my inrerests for fitness right now, if I did decide in the future to take a class or get a book on the subject i'm thinking about Judo, what styles could anyone recommend???
     
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    I used to do wing chun kung fu and Okinawan Karate, but it has been a while. I will pick it up again in the future with my son when he is old enough, probably a kung fu style.

    That depends on your goals and available teachers in your area. Tae Kwon Do dojo are ubiquitous and it can be good exercise. Kung Fu styles are varied....judo and aikido are also good.

    All styles can be good for what they were designed for. But what you get out of them is what you put into them, and what your goals are. I would recommend books as a supplement, to really learn properly you need a good teacher, IMO.
     
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  3. shortangel

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    thank you so much forv your response I will consider those styles :) any other styles????
     
  4. Aspzan

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    Did you start Judo? I'm hoping to either start Judo or join a Rugby league team when all this virus stuff is over. I really think Judo amongst the most effective martial arts. Also they don't tend to "throw you" in the deep end as with some of the others I'll mention. Other's I'd recommend are BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing or MMA if the school is good.



    I think you'd have a tough time not being dumped on your head if you got into a fight with a good Judoka.
     
  5. Akita Suggagaki

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    Jiu-Jitsu, though I have not had time to really get it.
     
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  6. shortangel

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    nope i haven't joined a class yet because covid-19 cases have risen here in Eastern OR
     
  7. Lord Give Me A Sign

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    Boxing would be the easiest to practice at home. It seemed like punching was very natural for me but kicking is taking alot more time to learn. It takes a good amount of stretching and practice
     
  8. Justin-H.S.

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    I do the bjj. (brazilian jiu jitsu)
     
  9. JackRT

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    I was only in one serious fight in my 77 years. I was 20 and it was an attempted mugging by three guys about my age. I took the offensive and my first punch ended it. I then had to pick tooth fragments out of my fist and stop the bleeding.
     
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    I used to do bow wow kung fu.
     
  11. Julian of Norwich

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    Is Tai Chi considered a martial art?
     
  12. JackRT

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    Tai Chi is a martial art performed in slow motion. Sped up it is very effective and deadly.
     
  13. Julian of Norwich

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    That's interesting! I've been looking to take it up (but not for the deadly part-the exercise and balance), but I haven't been able to find any classes nearby. And now, with the total lockdown becoming more sure everyday here again, I don't think it will be soon.
     
  14. GirdYourLoins

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    A lot of martial arts have different techniques and aims. Karate is more punching and kicking progressing to weapons, judo all about grabbing and throwing your opponent, Tae kwon do is primarily kicking, others vary with punching, kicking, throwing and weapons. Krav maga is a form of self defence. Probably an idea to look at what you want from it and choose that way.

    Its also worth considering what the spiritual aspects of each are, some lead you very much into eastern spiritualism and religion, which I would not recommend for a Christian.
     
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  15. Julian of Norwich

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    My teenage grandson adored Tai Kwon Do. His father was a black belt in it and he (when he had to quit) was a blue (and white?) belt. He was looking to be really good and was a natural. When his parents can afford it again I hope he takes it back up!
     
  16. now-feel-alive

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    Hi, if you want to practice on your own for a while, Youtube GingerNinjaTrickster for beginner standup tutorials for taekwondo. Youtube Fighttips for beginner standup tutorials for muay thai. They break down the fundamentals of striking so that you can train your muscles to maneuver each position in flow, like a dance.

    Youtube Chewjitsu tutorials for some groundwork/grappling; Brazilian jiu-jitsu. This sport is based on gaining control without having to applying much force. Judo/takedowns are part of jiu-jitsu.

    Look up Jeet Kun Do for a combination of all relevant fight styles, as taught by Bruce Lee. By this time, you will know which sport is best suited for you at any given moment. Enjoy!
     
  17. ChristServant

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    I would say kickboxing and some form of groundwork like Judo. This covers all bases, punching kicking and grappling.
     
  18. shortangel

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    thank you for the suggestion
     
  19. Joyous Song

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    I do Ti Chi twice to three times a week. I started to learn this from a book The idiots Guide to Ti Chi, and doing Ti Chi made me fit enough to start Steve Zims balanced exercise program. Yet I still do Ti Chi as it gives my developing muscles greater flexibility and reduces the chance of injury while I exercise. I strongly recommend learning either Ti Chi or Yoga. Ti Chi for people who meed to move, it flows though stances and resembles a dance or fighting dance. Yoga is poses which works for those who prefer one exercise after another and less movement.
     
  20. Justin-H.S.

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    TMAs are more romantic than effective. The entirety of the 90s showed us that. The Chinese, however, are stuck in the past. They don't like their traditional arts being shown up for the paper tigers they actually are. Basically, they got left in the dust as the rest of the martial arts world passed them by.



    Effective martial arts (which stood the test of time):
    • boxing
    • wrestling (catch or greco roman)
    • judo
    • jiu jitsu
    • sambo
    • Muay Thai
    • karate
    These arts are what the top level guys are all cross training in. You need decent striking and grappling. A lot of guys are mixing up Muay Thai and wrestling or jiu jitsu. If you focus on jiu jitsu for grappling, you need a decent takedown game because jiu jitsu doesn't really emphasize take downs. You'll see a lot of judo guys take up boxing as their striking, because judo is terrific for takedowns and has decent grappling. As you can guess, many D1 wrestlers who take up jiu jitsu find themselves advancing fairly quickly as soon as they get the muscle memory to disregard wrestling rules. Throw some boxing in the mix and you got yourself a deadly fighter.

    Just watch any video with a Tai Chi master (or whatever TMA master) go up against a modern fighter. I wouldn't really call Tai Chi effective or deadly. It's possible that it could've been those things back in the 19th century.

    It'd be akin to Floyd Mayweather fighting this guy:
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    He might've been a tough dude back in the day, but there's just so many techniques now. It's an outmoded way of fighting.

    I'd use TMAs more for physical exercise. I guess in an absolute pinch it'd be better than nothing at all.
     
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